Every time a Scandinavian styled interior image pops into my Pinterest feed I feel instantly calm. The pared-back style embraces clean lines but very rarely looks clinical thanks to all the pale woods, organic materials and muted tones.

With the change in season taking place I think there are some key design tips we can take from this simple style. During the winter the sun goes down early across the Scandinavian countries so certain elements of the style are well suited to our shorter days too. Sorry lovelies but the long nights really are heading our way.

Bring In The Light

  • Now you don’t see a lot of curtains in Sweden or many drapes in Denmark. While I’m not going to be taking my curtains down any time soon I do try to let in as much daylight in as possible in my own house so here’s my tip. Hang your curtain rail as high and as wide as possible so the the unclosed curtains hang over the wall not the window. This way you don’t block any light and the windows appear larger. I also have very thin blinds at all my windows to let the light in and nosy neighbours out!
  • Add mirrors opposite windows to bounce around the light and think about using subtle reflective surfaces such as wooden floors.
  • Don’t wait until nightfall, add candlelight at any time of the day to create a peaceful and calm atmosphere. Also candlelight isn’t just for indoors. Add a storm lantern to your front step or dot around the garden for an extra touch.
  • Bare bulb lighting is common in Scandinavian homes. I find it too stark for my own little home so I combine it with diffused lighting through neutral coloured lamp shades.

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Add Wood

Wooden floors, walls and furniture are a big characteristic of scandinavian design. The nordic nations frequently use natural materials and traditional craftsmanship in their furniture which makes a connection with nature and the outdoors. Rustic wooden tones ooze elegance and make a cosy and inviting room. Add a wooden stool or bench for a small rustic element or go the whole hog and panel the walls or floors.

Use A Distintive Palette

The Scandinavian aesthetic maximise light so whitewashing walls is common to make the most of the limited daylight. White is modern, fresh and clean and contributes to the calm and peaceful nature synonymous with this style.

Adding accents of black to create a monochrome palette are a stereotypical of the scandi style. You don’t have to limit yourself though. Throw in pastels to add charm and colour.

Go On A Decluttering Mission

There’s a fine line between unfussy and minimal but this style nails it due to the laid-back yet clean approach. Accessories are either functional and unpretentious or heirlooms with a history.

Pile On The Natural Elements

As well as the wooden elements, throw in natural materials such woollen blankets and sheepskins to get the signature scandi look. To keep warm a wood burner is essential. I am so envious of anyone with a log burner and I’d love to have one fitted at my house! Continuing with the natural theme bring in plants, branches for an unfussy, organic feel.


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Our favourite Scandi Stores

Hus and Hem

Cloudberry Living

Nordic House

North Light Homestore


Our favourite Scandi Sites

Alvhem – A beautiful site combining interior design and estate agency. Tons of inspirational images including the one in the header for this post.

My Scandinavian Home – For daily ethereal Nordic inspired interior inspiration.



Anyone else loving the Scandinavian style? How have you added it to your own home and what are you favourite ways to get the Scandi look?


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